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Jonathan G. Sherman

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The Right Reverend

Jonathan Goodhue Sherman

Bishop of Long Island
ChurchEpiscopal Church
DioceseLong Island
ElectedMarch 19, 1966
In office1966-1977
PredecessorJames P. deWolfe
SuccessorRobert C. Witcher
OrdinationJune 1934
by Frederick G. Budlong
ConsecrationJanuary 6, 1949
by Henry Knox Sherrill
Personal details
Born(1907-06-13)June 13, 1907
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
DiedOctober 27, 1989(1989-10-27) (aged 82)
Hartford, Connecticut, United States
ParentsStephen Fish Sherman & Marion Louise Goodhue
SpouseFrances LeBaron Casady
Previous post(s)Suffragan Bishop of Long Island (1949-1966)

Jonathan Goodhue Sherman (June 13, 1907 - October 27, 1989) was bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island from 1966 to 1977, having served previously as suffragan from 1949 to 1965.


Sherman was born on June 13, 1907 in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of the Reverend Stephen Fish Sherman and Marion Louise Goodhue. He was educated at Kent School in Kent, Connecticut and the later studied at Yale University from where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1929. He also studied at the General Theological Seminary, where he earned his Bachelor of Sacred Theology in 1933.

He was ordained deacon in June 1933 by Edward Campion Acheson, Bishop of Connecticut and priest in June 1934 by the then Bishop of Connecticut Frederick G. Budlong in St John's Church in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He worked as a fellow and tutor at the General Theological Seminary between 1933 and 1935 before becoming priest-in-charge of the Church of St Thomas in Farmingdale, New York. In 1938 he became rector of St Thomas' Church in Bellerose, New York and remained there till 1949.[1]

On October 12, 1948, during the reconvened session of the 81st General Convention of the Diocese of Long Island in the Cathedral of the Incarnation, Sherman was elected as the Suffragan Bishop of Long Island. He was consecrated on January 6, 1949 in the Cathedral of the Incarnation by Presiding Bishop Henry Knox Sherrill.[2] He served as suffragan until his election as the fifth Bishop of Long Island on March 19, 1966 and was installed in the diocesan cathedral on June 18, 1966. He retired on his 70th birthday on June 13, 1977. He died due to a heart failure on October 27, 1989 in Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center.[3]


  1. ^ "Succession of Living American Bishops". The Living Church Annual: 398. 1957.
  2. ^ "Fr. Sherman Elected Suffragan of the Diocese of Long Island". The Living Church. 117 (17): 5. October 24, 1948.
  3. ^ Freitag, Michael. "Jonathan G. Sherman, 82, Dies; A Former Episcopal Bishop of L.I.", The New York Times, New York, 30 October 1989. Retrieved on 15 October 2019.
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